Bournemouth Council

Do you need Planning Permission

Find out if you need planning permission and how to get it

Getting planning permission

Before you start any work on your property, check with us to see if you need planning permission. This includes any alterations that could affect the property or its use.

Checking if you need planning permission.

In some cases you won’t need planning permission - this is called permitted development. If you aren’t sure, you can check if you need planning permission by visiting the Planning Portal.

If you are unsure whether you need planning permission, we can check your proposal and give you informal confirmation in writing. An enquiry form is available for householders to use – for other types of property or advertisements please write to us enclosing as much supporting detail as possible. Please note that there is a fee of £65 for this service.

Alternatively If you know that your proposal does not need planning permission and you would like formal confirmation, you can apply for a Certificate of Lawfulness. In this case, you will receive a decision notice, which is a legal document, and your application will be recorded in the public register of planning applications. This can be useful if you plan to sell your property and would like to be able to prove that alterations were lawful.

Getting advice on how to apply

Applying for planning permission can be a long and expensive process. We want to help where we can. Coming to us for advice before submitting your application could prevent your plans being rejected.

We offer pre-application advice service and suggest you get advice before submitting an application for planning permission. It will save time, money and effort.

Find more information on pre-application forms.

How to submit planning applications 

You can apply for planning permission online by submitting your plans on the Planning Portal, there's also information about how to apply.

Displaying Signs And Advertisements

You may need permission to display a sign or advertisement. It depends on a number of factors, such as size, height, and whether or not the sign is illuminated. It's worth checking to see if you need permission first, to be on the safe side.

Building Regulations Approval

Whether you require Planning Permission or not, you may still need Building Regulations approval

Contact Us

Telephone

General Enquiries

01202 451323

Address

Customer Services Centre

St Stephens Road
Bournemouth
BH2 6EB

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